Any company that uses digital technology puts itself at risk of attack. To mitigate that risk, many companies look to cybersecurity or information security experts to defend their organisation against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.
But as a relatively new field with demand currently well above supply, cybersecurity professionals can be hard to come by. This gives job seekers four major advantages in regards to their career prospects:
Numerous job openings
Enter “cybersecurity” into any online job board and you’ll see thousands, if not tens of thousands, of openings across the country. Industry watchdog CyberSeek calculated that there were more than 300,000 cybersecurity jobs up for grabs in the U.S. in 2018. And the Bureau of Labour Statistics predicts a steep 28% growth rate for cybersecurity positions between 2016 and 2026 — that’s 300% higher than the prediction for all other occupations.
Currently a candidates’ market
CyberSeek estimates that for every U.S. job opening requiring cybersecurity skills, only 2.5 qualified candidates exist. Those odds get tighter the further you get from major metropolitan areas. In comparison, the national average across all job types is 6.5 candidates. But this job market eutopia won’t last long as more people rush into an ever-increasing number of cybersecurity training and education programmes.
High wage offerings
Companies routinely pay top dollar for cybersecurity and information security expertise. According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the median salary for Information Security Analyst’s came in at $95,510 in 2017. That’s above the $84,580 average for other computer-related positions and well more than twice the national median salary for all U.S. jobs. ($37,690)
Minimal job security worry
Hacking and data breaches aren’t a passing trend. With every advance in technology, hackers explore new methods to infiltrate information systems, disrupt service, and steal sensitive information. Cybersecurity experts play critical roles in keeping companies and their customers safe. Therefore, a career in cybersecurity currently should mean little worry in regards to your job security.